Well at last Launch Day has arrived and despite train strikes and Brexit Referendums the launch of The Shift will go ahead tonight at Glasgow’s most prestigious fiver star hotel, Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens.

It seems like it has been a torturous process to get to this stage, as The Shift was originally pencilled in for a November 2015 launch with my previous publishers and has been written and ready to go since May 2015.

But I elected to sign a new four book deal with McNidder&Grace and The Shift is the first of these novels. The thing about joining a new publishers is that, and especially with McNidder&Grace having such a strong Crime Imprint with big names like Tony Black and Torquil MacLeod already in situ, you have to wait for your slot and tonight mine has arrived!

Tonight’s ‘show’ will be hosted by BBC Scotland’s infamous sports reporter Mr Phil Goodlad, who has just emailed me the running order, which will include one maybe two readings by myself from The Shift.

Having your launch hosted is a new thing for me, although last May I hosted my good friend Denzil Meyrick’s launch of ‘Sad Suits &Dark Songs’ in Oban and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. (Fingers crossed Denzil did too!!)

But Phil has some very interesting themes for tonight’s chat and I hope this will help drag out some interesting stuff from deep in my memory banks because, as you may know, much of The Shift is drawn from my time as a rookie cop in Glasgow back in 1989.

I always worry about launches and just how many people and who will turn up, as I have been through some nightmares on my journey as an aspiring crime writer!

One performance at Glasgow’s West End Festival that drew an audience of three, including my then publisher, back in 2012, still haunts me!!

Anyway with the help of Mr Goodlad, I can promise anyone who comes along to 1DG tonight an interesting, perhaps even eye-opening night, hopefully laced with a few laughs and certainly plenty of insight into my Modus Operandi and what lies ahead for Thoroughgood myself and a certain Mr Ludovic Graham, who will be appearing on the pages of Heist, book one in my new crime thriller anti-hero series, late 2016/early 2017.

But it’s fitting that I end by thanking Andy Peden Smith, the CEO and founder of McNidder&Grace, for showing the faith in me to table a four book deal.

Your support sir and the opportunity you have afforded myself, Thoroughgood & Graham, is very much appreciated!

If you can’t make it along tonight, I have my first signing session for The Shift at WHSmith, Sauchiehall Street on Saturday morning from 11am-3pm, so swing by for some books and banter and the grittiest most realistic 1980s crime thriller you will ever read…how do I know?

I wrote it!



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1000 Miles & 500 Books

1000 Miles & 500 Books

TOMORROW will mark the final stop of my 12 date WH Smith Scottish signing tour which culminates with an appearance at their Aberdeen St Nicholas Centre store and it’s hard to believe that by the time I finish up and head back for Stirling I will have travelled over 1,000 miles and sold around 500 books.

When I started out with my first signing at WH Smith Stirling in The Thistles Centre, way back on March 5, I was, I admit, a bit trepidatious, as for an unknown author like myself this was a huge opportunity but also one in which my relative anonymity could well help to prove my undoing.

Thankfully that has not proven to be the case and from Ayr to Aberdeen, Livingston to Paisley and Dunfermline to Perth, I have met some very interesting people, been lucky enough to enjoy the platform that a signing tour with one of the top high street names in British Retail has provided and brought awareness of my books and DS Gus Thoroughgood to a whole host of people who have never heard of me or the good DS.

The tour has also set things up very nicely for the launch of my new book, the 1989 Thoroughgood prequel, The Shift, the paperback of which is to be published by McNidder & Grace and will launch on June 23. For all of that I owe a huge debt of thanks to WH Smith and in particular their Central Scotland stores co-ordinator Garry Torrance, who have backed me to the hilt.

Tomorrow morning I will be on the 0810 from Stirling, arriving in Aberdeen with just enough time to pick up a single shot skinny Mocha from Café Nero and head to the store and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be saying my prayers that I finish on a high!

Of course it has not been all plain sailing! At The Glasgow Fort, just outside Easterhouse, being an ex-cop proved anything but a good selling point, while the number of people who informed me: “I dinnae read mate” left me with a desperate thirst!

But if you are one of the, and this is a guestimate, approx. 3,000 people, I will have spoken to on my tour and, even more so, if you are one of those who has bought one of my novels, can I thank you for the time you took to engage a slightly nervous author whose machine-gun chat belied the butterflies that were exploding inside.

It’s a big weekend for me with the end of the tour being followed by what I hope will be an interesting article this Sunday in the magazine section of the Sunday Mail and thank you to Heather Greenaway for proving such a patient and skilful interrogator!

I am also delighted to announce that The Shift by McNidder & Grace is now available on ebook if you click on www.amazon.co.uk/Shift-Z325-Thoroughgood-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B01G7U48YU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1464340762&sr=1-1  ….so go on don’t be shy…make my day!!!

Today I have a very interesting coffee meet with one of Glasgow’s foremost Private Investigators, Mr Les Trueman, as I put together the plot of Thoroughgood V: ‘The Blood Acre’ but more of that later!



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